ATS’ Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 4

Red-Light Safety Cameras Help Authorities Investigate Crashes
Bay News 9 (Florida), Dec. 28, 2011

Bay area police say red-light cameras are capturing more than red-light runners. They say the video also gives them a chance to take a closer look at crashes to determine who is at fault. ( photo)

Maryland Will Add Speed Cameras in 2012
WMAL 105.9 FM Radio, Dec. 28, 2011 

Police say speed cameras have done more to change driver behavior in just a few years than decades of human speed traps.

Red-Light Safety Cameras Could Be Placed in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Dec. 27, 2011

A pilot project involving traffic light cameras in Philadelphia may soon have a big impact on Northeastern Pennsylvania. See related video coverage from WBRE TV.

Seeing Is Believing: Crashes on YouTube Show Tragedies, Dec. 27, 2011

Whether you think red-light cameras are a good idea or not, it is clear by these videos that running red lights can prove to be a tragedy for the driver and the innocent victims in their path.

Township Gives Drivers the Facts on Red-Light Safety Camera Program
Lawrenceville Patch (New Jersey), Dec. 22, 2011

Drivers who want more information about red-light safety cameras can visit the Lawrence Township website for answers to the obvious and not so obvious questions about the program. The township’s newly posted fact sheet explains how taxpayers are shielded from costs, how strobes operate, how yellow light times are set and other topics.

Crash Video Educates Tennessee Drivers about Red-Light Running Dangers
WSMV TV 4/MSNBC, Dec. 28, 2011

Thousands of car crashes have been caught on camera from those controversial red-light cameras.  Now the worst of the worst crashes have been compiled in a video in hopes of educating drivers about the dangers of running red lights. ( photo by Jim Davis)

Repeal Effort Targets Red-Light Camera Law in Florida, Dec. 28, 2011

The traffic cameras meant to keep motorists from blowing through red lights could come down, if some state lawmakers get their way. 

On-Camera Drama Shows Danger Facing New Jersey Motorists
The Star-Ledger/, Dec. 27, 2011

They look like crash scenes from an action movie, except the damage is real and the on-camera drama plays out on roads across New Jersey. See related coverage on CBS Philly.comWPVI TV 6 and The Press of Atlantic City (Press of Atlantic City photo by Danny Drake)

Cameras Catch Car Wrecks on Tape
Old Northeast-Downtown St. Pete Patch (Florida), Dec. 23, 2011

Red-light cameras are not just catching violators. They are providing a stark visual record of collisions caused by motorists who blow through red lights. This compilation shows a few of the crashes and close calls at Florida intersections. See related coverage on WJXT TV 4.

2011 Big Year for Red-Light Safety Cameras in Missouri
Florissant Patch (Missouri), Dec. 22, 2011

A courtroom decision, a state study and the installation of red-light safety cameras among cities are a few of the reasons why red-light cameras made news in Missouri in 2011. As this video depicts, the principal reason for the cameras remains — lives are at risk.

American Traffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the city of Hazelwood, Missouri, has renewed its red-light safety camera program.

@ATS_RoadSafety Must Read! Frank Hinds: Driving safely would prevent fatal red-light running wrecks: http://bit.lyw1Ne1f  #StopOnRed #roadsafety

Editorial: Keep Red Light Cameras in Florida
The Orlando Sentinel, Dec. 28, 2011

Florida lawmakers usually take a hard line on lawbreakers, but some of them seem to have a soft spot for red-light runners.

Editorial: Work-Zone Speed Cameras Protect Motorists, Workers
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), Dec. 27, 2011

When the General Assembly agreed to allow a limited number of speed cameras in work zones, it was not only for the benefit of workers but of motorists. … In four out of five work zone crashes, it is a driver or passenger who is injured or killed.

Commentary: Red-Light Camera Program a Success
Community (Florida), Dec. 23, 2011

The lady came into the city clerk’s office obviously upset, insisting that she had been a safe driver for over 20 years and there is no way she would have run a red light.

“There’s nothing worse than having to knock on someone’s door and telling them your loved one died in a car accident. You have to do anything you can to avoid that.”
Charles Cain, Hamilton Township deputy mayor
Press of Atlantic City (New Jersey), Dec. 28, 2011

“The bottom line is that we don’t want anybody to run red lights. We want to improve safety at our intersections.”
Kyle Evans, Murfreesboro Police Department spokesman
WSMV TV 4/MSNBC (Tennessee), Dec. 28, 2011

“I think they are a great idea since police cannot be everywhere. The (red-light safety) cameras would allow us to patrol other parts of town with our limited manpower.”
Patricia O’Donnell, Luzerne Borough, Pennsylvania, police chief
MSNBC, Dec. 28, 2011

“Traffic laws aren’t supposed to be part-time suggestions; the less they are respected, the greater the chances that bad things will happen.”
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland), Dec. 27, 2011

“Blaming the cameras is an excuse for poor driving, plain and simple. Here is a message for red-light runners and tailgaters alike: Obey the law! This way, the cameras become irrelevant.”
Larry Mathieson, former Ormond Beach police chief
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida), Feb. 17, reprinted Dec. 25, 2011

In the past two years, the Miami Gardens red-light safety camera program has reduced crashes at the camera intersection by 83 percent. This means almost 200 fewer crashes. Source: Community, Dec. 23, 2011

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